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Victorian Villa and Seaside Cottage a few steps away from 7 miles of sand - Auld Schoolhouse Sleeps 8 (3 Bedroom)



Updated: 26-Sep-2016
House and Cottage in Sandhead, Nr. Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland - In A Small Village, Less Than 1 Minutes Walk From Beach, With Uninterputed Sea Views

Auld Schoolhouse & Beach Cottage are situated in the seaside village of Sandhead. They are "almost on the Beach" and both enjoy uninterrupted views over Luce Bay and the Galloway hills beyond. Sandhead is built on "7 miles of sand" - all this on your doorstep! It also boasts a pub/restaurant (Tigh-na-Mara - Gaelic for beside the sea!), Tearoom, well stocked local shop and children's play park.

The picturesque fishing village of Portpatrick, with its traditional harbour and small sandy beach, has many quality restaurants, pubs and gift shops is only a 10 minute drive away. Other activities to be found in Portpatrick include boat trips for fishing and sightseeing, putting, bowling, golf and walking. These Sandhead houses are an ideal base for the golfing enthusiast with 4 courses within a 10 minute drive ( all with stunning sea views) namely - Dunskey, Lagganmore, Craichmore and County - the is also Turnberry at under 1 hours drive! For keen walkers there are extensive footpaths including the Southern Upland Way, which commences in the village of Portpatrick and the Galloway Coastal Path from Stranraer to Mull of Galloway. Auld Schoolhouse and Beach Cottage are located in the Rhins of Galloway, a peninsula which has a varying and enchanting range of coastal features from sandy beaches on the East coast, such as Sandhead itself - 7 miles of unbroken sand, to a variety of cliffs, rocks and sandy coves on the West including the secluded sandy beach at Killantringan - you will be spoilt for the wide variety of beaches in the area - mostly within a 10 minute drive. The climate hear is warmed by the Gulf Stream and the area is home to many renowned gardens - Logan Botanic, Logan House, Ardwell, Castle Kennedy, Glenwhan and Dunskey are all within a 10 minute drive. For the more adventurous there is Threave and Culzean Castle within 1 hours drive from your holiday house. Other attractions include Cream of Galloway Ice Cream and adventure park and the Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre (home to the longest Zip-wire ride) both near Gatehouse of Fleet. 7Stanes Mountain Biking in the Galloway Forest Park. Cocoa Bean Chocolate Factory in Twynholm. Ryan Centre swimming pool and Agnew Park (children's outdoor activity park) in Stranraer. For historians there is Glenluce Abbey and St. Ninian's Cave near Whithorn. Wigtown is also worth a visit if you are interested in reading - it has been labelled the Book Town. At the Southern end of the Rhins peninsula is the Mull of Galloway lighthouse - the most southerly point in Scotland. Attractions hear include the 115 step climb to the top of the lighthouse & a certificate to prove it! (open most weekends in the summer season), Gallie Craig Tearoom and the RSPB bird reserve. Auld Schoolhouse & Beach Cottage provide a perfect base for a self catering holiday in this area.

Details for holiday home Auld Schoolhouse Sleeps 8 (3 Bedroom), 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 3 Bathrooms

Victorian Villa, with uninterrupted sea views. Sleeps up to 8 people in 3 bedrooms.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Hugh & Elspeth Little run the holiday houses along with their 2 children Tara(16) and Alec(15). We have 4 in total. Auld Schoolhouse, Beach Cottage in Sandhead, Helensdale near Drummore and Knockinaam Farm, near Portpatrick. Hugh is also a Farmer and Elspeth works part time in a local Bank.

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Clean quiet getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is an amazing getaway. It was clean and well equipped. A quiet location with a tea room which sells amazing cakes and yummy ice cream. The beach really is on your doorstep and its vast sand and warm waters where perfect for dogs playing and children paddling. So many fun attractions nearby like creams and cocoa bean...I would definitely be back. Missing the stunning seaview already

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We bought Auld Schoolhouse in December 2006 (and totally refurbished it) then Beach Cottage in 2010. We love the location, with the Beach on the doorstep. Although we only live 3 miles away we have holidayed here the first week of July, with our children (and their friends - the overspill in a tent) since we bought the Auld Schoolhouse. We feel Sandhead has it all! 7 miles of sand on your doorstep, good pub/restaurant, shop tearoom and children's play park all within a very short walk. There is no though traffic - no noise at night except the waves lapping on the Beach!

Activity and Interests


Auld Schoolhouse & Beach Cottage are situated practically on 7 miles of sand - Sandhead beach is less than 1 minutes walk from either house. Sandhead is situated on the Rhins peninsula with a variety of beaches within a 10 minute drive - if you wish a bit of variety from the one on your doorstep.


Car hire or use of car is recommended


Stranraer - 8 miles

Portpatrick - 10 miles

Mull of Galloway - 12 miles

Ayr 60 miles`

Further Details:

Major supermarkets - Tesco, Morrisons and Lidl are located in Stranraer - 8 miles away as are the major Scottish Banks.

Tigh-na-Mara Hotel in Sandhead is a very short walk away and serves excellent food.

There is a good selection of restaurants in Portpatrick (ap 10 miles away) - Campbells, Fernhill, Waterfront, Crown & Harbour House to name but a few.

In Stranraer there is Henry's Bay House

Knockinaam Lodge Hotel is just 10 minutes drive - Michelin Star Restaurant, renowned for fine dining.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season
8 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
29 Oct 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
18 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Apr 2017 - 12 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
13 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20

Booking Notes:
Deposit of £150 to be paid at time of booking, balance payable 1 month prior to holiday.

Changeover Day:
Auld Schoolhouse is normally Saturday
Beach Cottage is normally Friday
Please contact to request another day if this is not suitable.

Arrival - 4.00pm
Departure- 10.00am

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Updated: 26-Sep-2016
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Property Type

  • house


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • waterfront


  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower)
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed


  • Golf ...
  • Garden


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: No Smoking inside property. Outside: Auld Schoolhouse has an enclose garden with garden furniture. Beach Cottage has an enclosed garden with garden furniture

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